Mumbai salon executive murder: Police search for Kirti Vyas’ body in Wadala drain

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police Crime Branch was on Sunday searching, among other places, a nullah (culvert) near IMAX theatre in Wadala, for the body of Kirti Vyas, a 27-year-old finance manager who worked at a celebrity salon Bblunt in Andheri and was allegedly killed by two salon employees.

The co-workers — Siddhesh Tamhankar (28) and Khushi Sahjwani (42) – are believed to have disposed of the body after killing Vyas on March 16. Siddhesh was on Sunday taken to the spot where the police suspect he dumped the body.

Vyas had left her home at 8:57 am on March 16 and was last seen seated in Sahjwani’s car. The location of the last call from Vyas’ mobile was traced to Worli’s Jijamata Nagar (9:30 am) and after that her cell phone was switched off, said a crime branch officer. Incidentally, the cell phones of both the accused were traced to the same location.

The victim’s mother Surekha had called her at 11:30 am on March 16 to ascertain the Wi Fi password, but her phone was switched off. Presuming that Vyas must be busy, Surekha did not call her on landline. But when Vyas did not return home by late evening, her father called up and was shocked to learn that she did not reach office on March 16. Her parents, along with Vyas colleagues, reached DB Marg police station and registered a missing complaint.

Sources at DB Marg police station said that Tamhankar had also accompanied Vyas’ father Rajendra (68) to the police station to register the complaint. “But he (Tamhankar) never uttered a word that day. Next day he said that Vyas was in their car but she got off at Grant Road station due to the heavy traffic,” said the source.

The case was transferred to Crime Branch Unit 2 after the city police failed to make any breakthrough. The CCTV footage did not show Vyas getting off at Grant Road station. In the CCTV footage, Sahjwani was seen driving the car, Vyas was seen seated next to the driving seat and Tamhankar was seen in the rear.

The window glasses of the SUV were ‘tinted’. The investigators believe that Vyas was killed in the car and her body was pushed in the boot from the rear seat.

After killing Vyas, the duo reached their office in Andheri. “On March 16, Sahjwani left office at 4:30 pm; co-accused Tamhankar joined her after one hour and together they left for Wadala via Chembur in the same SUV and disposed of the body in a drain. They also paid Rs. 30 at toll plaza,” a source said. The motive behind the murder is still unclear.


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